Wine tastings and classic movies full of swearing are great; we’re not denying that. But considering last week we brought you all the coolest events in Westchester strictly for the 21-and-over crowd, we felt it was only fair to give equal time to our less-aged residents.
This week, we present to you our favorite kid-friendly happenings going down nearby. (Adults, you can probably still attend on your own, but parents are going to try to make small talk with you so maybe just borrow a kid for the day so you have someone to play with.)
We’re not in Kensico anymore….
First up, enjoy the grand-daddy of all “But black-and-white movies are boring!” films. Just over the border, The Ridgefield Playhouse is presenting a special 80th anniversary screening of The Wizard of Oz on Tuesday, January 29 at 7 p.m. As part of the Turner Classic Movies lineup, the special event will also feature special content and insight not available elsewhere.
Not so much the type of “colorful” cinema you prefer? Well, head on over to Stepinac High School in Mamaroneck for the Student Theatre Lab’s live production of Clue. These rainbow-hued characters, drawn from the timeless board game and adapted from the legendary film, sleuth out the murderer in their midst on Thursday, January 31 and Friday, February 1 at 7 p.m.
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Bust out your inner Bobby Fischer
Starting Wednesday, January 30 and running nearly every Wednesday through February 20, North Salem 9th grader Ben will be hosting instructional chess classes for kids looking to learn the game of chess or improve their abilities. Classes are held at the Keeler Library, and are open to any students, grades K-5 — unless you’re already USCF ranked 900 or better, in which case stop trying to beat other kids and go take on some masters! Classes are free, but registration is required.
Go mad with science!
The World Science Festival and Con Edison are bringing the City of Science to Westchester, with all of its wild and astounding displays of ingenuity. Explore the camouflage wall, play with fluid dynamics in the Reversible Mixing Station, master physics in the ‘centrippy’ Rotation Station, and engage in all sorts of fun activities with the Science Squad. The traveling Science City will arrive at Westchester County Center in White Plains and stick around from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 2 before moving on to the next lucky town! RSVP for free tickets here.
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Welcome the year of the pig
ArtsWestchester is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a full afternoon of awesome events. From Korean drumming with the NY Korean Performing Arts Center, to Chinese knotting and calligraphy, to music and dance performances in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions, there will be plenty of fun ways to ring in the year of the pig! Admission is only $10, but kids under 10 get in for free.
Kick off Black History Month
The Yonkers Public Library has put together a whole program of cool and fascinating events to commemorate Black History Month, but one of the first is also one of the coolest. Stop by the library’s Crestwood branch on Saturday at 2 p.m. for a timely double feature. First, Harriet Tubman: Inspiring Animated Heroes will introduce children to the iconic freedom fighter who gained the nickname “Moses” for helping to free more than 300 enslaved African Americans during the mid-1800s. After, stick around for another February staple: Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown. (Little Redheaded Girl not included; please bring your own.)
Speaking of V-Day…
If Yonkers seems a tad far, how about heading over to The Rye Arts Center? Last on our list — chronologically speaking, never in our hearts — is a great way to up your homemade gift game. The art center will be holding a workshop from 3 to 4 p.m. for kids aged 9 to 12 that will allow them to make their very own light-up Valentines. A few batteries, LEDs, and a bit of wire and tape, and you too can make mom extra proud this year with your crafty and technological savvy! Workshop is $20 (less for RAC members) and all materials are provided.